Implementation of General Environment Duty under the EP Act
Guidance material to support the implementation
On the 1 July 2021, the state's revised and updated Environment Protection Amendment Act (the Act) came into force. A major aspect of the revised Act is the concept of General Environmental Duty (or GED). The concept of GED is explained on the EPA website.
Whilst the water industry is supportive of a proactive, rather than reactive approach to the management of environment, there is not much detail as to how GED will be specifically applied to the water industry.
To provide some clarity on how GED will be applied, VicWater is delivering a project to develop a number of guidance documents to help support an agreed and consistent approach to, and application of GED to Victorian water corporations.
Project status updates
We are still waiting to receive feedback from the EPA on the approach to GED proposed in draft flow charts. We are hopeful that…Read More
Over the course of December 2021, the consultants continued to accept industry feedback on the proposed flow charts, with the view of having completed…Read More
Industry has provided several rounds of feedback to the consultants on the draft process flow charts, and we are now nearing the point where…Read More
The consultants have produced draft process flow charts for the reporting of sewer spills and contaminated land under GED, and these were considered at…Read More
A consultant has been appointed and they are well advanced in preparing a draft set of guidance material. They have received a range of…Read More